City of Nottingham Scout were privileged be involved in the Queens Diamond Jubilee visit to Nottingham on the 13th June 2012. We had a presence at both the Old Market Square and at Vernon Park.
Joshua Barraclough, a young Scout Leader from the 111th Nottingham was selected to lead the youth group for the external portico stair party at the Council House. Two Explorer Scouts from the City were selected for inclusion to the youth group, Scott from Tempest Unit, and Rhiannon from 1st Clifton Explorers and a young leader at 1st Silverdale.
Josh can be seen in the photo with the Duchess of Cambridge.
Chris Smith represented Adult Leaders for the County, with two other Explorer Scouts from the County represented in the other youth group on the stairs in the Council House.
At Vernon Park the City had two other Explorer Scouts who had been especially selected for Royal Special Duties, Josh from the 88th and Ellie from the High School.
City Scouts also had an area 27m x 12m for activities, with over 60 representatives from nearly all Scout Groups across the City, and a team of about 15 volunteers. See the article on
Preparing for the Royal Visit for how the team was selected.
Leaders were due to be at Vernon Park for 8:00am, young people for 8:45am, so we could register everybody between 9:00am and 9:15am. Registration was followed by a briefing to both the young people and volunteers, and putting all the young people into teams for the day. The teams were made up of a mix of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorer Scouts.
We had 9 activities on offer, and 9 teams of young people. The plan was to move the young people onto a new activity every 20 minutes. We started the activities at 9:40am. The activities on offer were parachute games, tent pitching, blind trail, assault course, ski races, tower, mini pioneering, badge and survival bracelets, and rope making.
The Royal party arrived around 11:20am, when we let all the young people and volunteers go and watch the Queen perform her formal duties of renaming the park. From where we were, we could see more on the big screen than what was actually going off on stage. Most of the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts then lined the exit route for the Queen just behind the Scout area to watch the Queen depart, where they had a fantastic view and a good look at the Queen as she passed by smiling and waving. Following the Queens departure, it was back to the activities.
Some 10 minutes later, Chris Flewitt the District Commissioner welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the Scout area.
The Duke and Duchess split up while in the area, visiting different activities and talking with different groups of young people.
Kate visited the parachute games first, and the DC invited her to have a go. To the delight of the young people doing the parachute game, she joined in. Kim Rigby of the 111th Scout Group was asked to explain the purpose of the game, and they played for a good few minutes.
After parachute games, the County Commissioner, Matt Rooney invited Kate to have a go with the tent pitching activity. Again she responded positively and had a go, while speaking to some of the Cubs and Scouts.
William started at the assault course, talking with the young people,
and was then taken over to the tower. The DC invited him to climb the tower, but he responded “not in these shoes”. He chatted to the members of the Scout Network that had built, and who were operating the tower. They were belaying while the teams of young people climbed the tower.
Both Kate and William continued talking to a number of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, before being presented with a posy of flowers by the Explorer Scouts before leaving our area.
The young people were allowed to leave our area to meet parents and follow the Duke and Duchess until they departed from the park. All that was now left to do was to dismantle the activity area...
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What an amazing day!